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Rosie O'Donnell to talk about heart attack on 'Dr. Oz'
Rosie O’Donnell taped an appearance on “The Dr. Oz Show” last week, giving her first interview about her near-fatal heart attack in August. The episode, which will feature the Nyack resident discussing the circumstances that led her to realize she was suffering the symptoms of the attack, was supposed to air Oct. 8, but has been pushed to Oct. 25 to coincide with the first day of fall sweeps.
In an Aug. 20 blog post, the 50-year-old comedian said that she had been walking through a Nyack parking lot when she helped “an enormous woman struggling to get out of her car.” A few hours after assisting the woman, O’Donnell said, sudden nausea, aches and other symptoms pushed her to do an online search for "women's heart attack symptoms."
Dr. Oz will discuss how O’Donnell’s intuition and online research that led her to seek medical treatment helped save her life. The episode will also feature an in-depth look at her diagnosis, treatment and recovery.
O’Donnell will return to the talk show in a second episode, whose air date is still to be determined. On that show, the celeb will be given a “Heart Attack Health Plan,” and the audience will be entirely made up of heart attack survivors.
O’Donnell blogged about her “Dr. Oz” appearance on Monday, noting that “heart disease kills more women than men...every 20 seconds a woman has a heart attack in America.” She went on to say that she and wife Michelle Rounds will appear on the show, to relate “the tale of r [sic] last 6 months. A desmoid tumor [and] a heart attack -- perhaps r story will help some.”
"Dr. Oz" airs at 4 p.m. on WNYW-Fox 5.